Power Line Environment Committee
The Power Line Environment Committee (PLEC) is
a committee assisting the Minister responsible for the Electricity Act 1996 in assessing and
recommending the undergrounding of overhead power lines.
The Committee comprises eight members with one
member representing the interests of each of the following:
- Department of Environment and Heritage (or its equivalent);
- Transport SA (or its equivalent);
- Tourism interests;
- The Local Government Association of South Australia;
- Conservation interests;
- Holders of licenses under the Electricity Act which authorise the operation
of networks (Network Licensees);
- Two Community representatives
The Committee operates under a Charter assigned by the
Minister in August 2000.
defines the scope of PLEC activities, its composition, financial
arrangements, reporting requirements and associated administrative
The Committee exists to assist local government with initiatives to enhance
the aesthetics of a location by undergrounding power lines. Undergrounding can
enable trees to be established and streetscaping projects to be implemented
thereby improving the appearance of a locality. The Committee has developed
Guidelines which define the roles and responsibilities for PLEC projects and
provides guidance to the PLEC process.
The Essential Services Commission of SA (ESCOSA) is responsible for the
administration of PLEC.
Contact : Stuart McPherson
PLEC Executive Officer
Phone: (08) 8463 4352
Fax: (08) 8463 4449